WB How wid­ows, in­di­gents got cash donations, work­ing tools from NASFAT

The less-priv­i­leged and wid­ows re­ceived cash donations and vo­ca­tional tools at the 8th Ra­madan dis­burse­ment ex­er­cise held re­cently by NASFAT Agency for Za­kat and Sadaqat in La­gos.

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Vic­to­ria Onehi & Hawahu Ab­dul­salam

In the spirit of Ra­madan, May 20, 2018 marked a turn­ing point in the lives of some wid­ows and less priv­i­leged per­sons when they went home with cash donations and work­ing tools dis­trib­uted by NASFAT Agency for Za­kat and Sadaqat (NAZAS) dur­ing its 8th dis­burse­ment pro­gramme held at the agency’s head­quar­ters in Alausa, Ikeja, La­gos.

The cash dona­tion to some of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries ranged from N50,000 to N350,000, and the vo­ca­tional skill tools in­cluded in­dus­trial sew­ing ma­chines, cam­eras and deep freez­ers among oth­ers. Not less than 25 ben­e­fi­cia­ries were given Za­kat fund on the ba­sis of em­pow­er­ment, health sup­port and debt re­lief re­spec­tively.

NAZAS is a non­govern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion es­tab­lished three years ago to take care of the needy in the so­ci­ety.

One of the ben­e­fi­cia­ries, Mrs. Zu­mu­rat Has­san, who went away with N100,000 cash could not hold her tears. “I have al­ready lost hope as I have no con­nec­tion with staff of NAZAS or any mem­ber of NASFAT so­ci­ety. I now be­lieve that the process is truly trans­par­ent, with­out any el­e­ment of bias.”

An­other ben­e­fi­ciary from Agege, a widow who lost her hus­band in 2014 and was left with five chil­dren was ex­cited to be among ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the kind ges­ture from NAZAS.

“This is a dou­ble bless­ing for me be­cause my son re­ceived a schol­ar­ship from the same agency last year, and to­day, I have just re­ceived N50,000 to boost my petty trad­ing. What shall I say? God will con­tinue to en­large the coast of the donors,” she said.

For Ajao Ab­dur Rasheed, a printer who lives at EbuteMetta area of La­gos, the NAZAS ges­ture was a timely in­ter­ven­tion. “I am a printer who is in des­per­ate need of a printer and other print­ing ma­chines. But I am cur­rently out of busi­ness due to lack of fund. With this N200,000 in­ter­ven­tion I have re­ceived this Sun­day af­ter­noon, I will re­vive my busi­ness,” Ajao en­thused.

Ibrahim Abanikanda, a pho­tog­ra­pher who first filled the ap­pli­ca­tion form three years ago, said he got a D7200 Dig­i­tal Cam­era worth about N350,000. “This ges­ture will surely play a key role in my life be­cause apart from boost­ing my pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness, it will give me ex­tra in­come by us­ing the ma­chine to work for oth­ers. I am grate­ful to NAZAS.”

Speak­ing in same vein, an­other ben­e­fi­ciary who re­ceived a cheque of N150,000, said the in­ter­ven­tion would al­le­vi­ate her suf­fer­ing. She prayed for the pro­gramme or­gan­is­ers as they con­tinue to im­prove hu­man­ity.

Ad­mon­ish­ing all the ben­e­fi­cia­ries to be good am­bas­sadors in their busi­ness en­deav­ours, the NASFAT Na­tional Women Af­fairs Sec­re­tary, Al­haja Samiat Mu­muni, en­joined them to use the money and items given to them ju­di­ciously as that would en­cour­age the agency to reach out to oth­ers.

In his re­marks, the chair­man of the agency, Al­haji Niyi Yusuf, ac­knowl­edged the sup­port of Za­kat pay­ers and gen­eral donors who have con­trib­uted over N133,000,000 since its in­cep­tion and from which over 500 peo­ple have ben­e­fited.

The 8th pub­lic dis­burse­ment of Za­kat and Sadaqat, he noted, couldn’t have been pos­si­ble with­out the donors.

He re-as­sured the donors and ben­e­fi­cia­ries that NAZAS will con­tinue to up­hold the es­tab­lished stan­dard in col­lec­tion and distri­bu­tion of Za­kat in line with the dic­tates of Is­lam.

“Be­yond reg­u­lar dis­burse­ment held twice in a year (Muhar­ram and Ra­madan) to the needy, we have spon­sored med­i­cal mis­sions that pro­vided med­i­cal treat­ment and drugs to over 2,300 per­sons; pro­vided If­tar (break­ing of fast) to over 1,400 per­sons and over 200 prison in­mates (in con­junc­tion with Muhar­ram Sis­ters).

“NAZAS has also pro­vided an­nual schol­ar­ship grants to over 120 stu­dents in pri­mary, sec­ondary and ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions. The agency pro­vided re­lief ma­te­ri­als to over 26,000 in­ter­nally dis­placed per­sons in IDP camps in Borno, Yobe and Gombe states,” Al­haji Niyi said.

He fur­ther urged Mus­lim faith­ful to take full ad­van­tage of the holy month of Ra­madan by increasing acts of char­ity and pay their Za­kat and Sadaqat to NAZAS for distri­bu­tion to the needy as Prophet Muham­mad (SAW) said “The best char­ity is that given in Ra­madan and good deeds in the month of Ra­madan are re­warded in mul­ti­ple folds by Al­lah (SWT).”

Also among dig­ni­taries that graced the oc­ca­sion were the Chief Mis­sioner of NASFAT World­wide, As-Sheikh Ma­roof Ab­dul Azeez Onike, NASFAT BoT Sec­re­tary, Al­haji Remi Ba­balola and Na­tional Women Af­fairs Sec­re­tary, Al­haja Samiat Omo­lara Mu­muni among oth­ers.

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